December 22, 2013
Shawn Angell is now the proud owner of Jake, a three-legged dog rescued in Nelson County.
“I was kind of looking for a friend and he just seemed to fit the picture.”
Angell saw an adoption flyer of Jake at his local veterinarian office and wanted to give him a good home.
“I had never gone to that board before which was the funny thing, but I saw his flyer and knew I wanted him then,” says Angell.
Jake was one of five dogs rescued from a home in Nelson County by the Almost Home Pet Adoption Center two years ago.
“He was such a sad, sad guy,” says Marlana Angell, Shawn's mother. “You could tell he had been through terrible things, but once he got to the house and realized that he was in a safe place, within a few days he could relax and you could tell.”
The success of Jake's adoption inspired the Nelson County SPCA to submit his story to the Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign put on by the Petco Foundation.
“In the beginning the grant was going to be $250,000, but with all of the overwhelming success with all of the stories, we actually stepped our grant up to $500,000 dollars,” explains Justin Dodgins, store manager for the Petco in Charlottesville.
The Humane Society in Nelson County received $10,000 for their submission to go toward medical care for the animals.
“When you see how a dog comes into us in the condition it's in, and frequently we don't know who the owner was, but after we work with them a little bit and get them fixed up and find these wonderful homes, it's just amazing,” says Bette Grahme, president of the Nelson County Humane Society.
They were just one of the many shelters around the nation to receive a grant this holiday season from the Petco Foundation.